Time Depot, exclusive distributor of Suunto watches, in the Philippines, sponsored the Suunto Cup at Boracay Beach on Saturday March 9.
The beach was calm on Saturday morning. There was little indication of the rough conditions offshore. The boats were prepared with the Suunto logos and stickers on mast, boom and hulls, and looked really great for the start of this great event.
While waiting for the fashion photographers and other camera crews to arrive, we clowned around a bit and did some of our own "fashion photography". Here Elle Singson, Raul and Ichay Bulaong in the Suunto uniforms designed by Carol Pablo. It was a great way to relax while waiting for the "unique" start that Race officer Jerry Rollin had prepared.
The start was from behind a line on the beach, and at the gun, you were supposed to grab a beer and drink it and run to the boat. But in the clowning around I think we drank all the beer because there weren't enough beers left to go around at the start! No matter. At the start horn, the cold contents of the cans didn't get drunk anyway, they mostly ended up on peoples heads and down other peoples backs!! Certainly it was a great way to start off a weekend that was to prove to be a tremendous amount of action and fun!
Upon hitting the water, it became immediately obvious how strong the wind really was. The 8 Hobie 16s racing in the lee of boracay island faced 25 knot gusts that resulted in multiple capsizes and interesting racing. But the seasoned racers fresh from the Philippine Hobie Challenge, took it in easy stride. By the end of the morning, the scores were so close that there was a a three way tie for first place!.
Conditions calmed a bit after lunch, with less gusts, but crews were still double trapezing in every race. PRO Jerry Rollin provided an interesting variety of courses which included beach starts, and finish lines just yards from the beach to make for a real party atmosphere. The longest legs were wild reaching legs about 100 yards offshore, running parallel to the famous powder sands of Boracay beach. Here, Suunto Regatta winner Mark Haswell, and Crew, Anna Katigbak, lead the fleet while the TV crew from ABS-CBN's "Sports Unlimited" take up the chase at full throttle.
There was plenty of bumping grinding and ass on the water, but
was most definitely matched tit for tat on land at the beach
and fun ruled at the event, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Nestor Soriano. Clockwise from left: Guen, Elle, Anna, Art, Raul,
Michelle, Carol at breakfast looking unbelievably perky at Sunday
after Saturday night's party.
Final Results of the Suunto Boracay Beach Regatta
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